Are Ona Kakanfo: Akala, Akintola, others arrive Durbar stadium for Adams coronation
Former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao Akala, Senator representing Oyo Central District, Monsurat Sunmonu and legal luminary Chief Adeniyi Akintola are among the dignitaries that have arrived the Durbar stadium, Oyo, venue of the coronation ceremony of Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
Among other dignitaries that have arrived the venue were traditional rulers, captains of industry, government officials from South West, leaders of various groups from the region and across the country.
The stadium which has wore a new look since Monday has been witnessing influx of various categories of people since morning.
Others who have arrived the venue as at 12.pm include Publicity Secretary, Afenifere Mr. Yinka Odumakin; Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan a commissioner in Lagos State; Elesie of Esie; Olupo of Omupo; Oloro of Oro Kingdom; Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland High Chief Lekan Balogun; Balogun of Ibadanland High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin and Iyaloja of Ibadanland Chief Isiwat Ameringun and Deji of Akure.
Others include members of the planning committee, journalists, youth organisations, security agents, members of the Afonja family from Ilorin, the 13th Aare Ona Kakanfo among others.
Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri, Professor Abubakar, Professor Akin Alao from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, founder of the One Love family, Sat Guru Maraji, Sir Sina Peter among others have also arrived the venue.
Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111 on Sunday, October 15th, 2017 declared the National Cordinator of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) Gani Adams as new Aare Ona Kakanfo.
Adams will served as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo (Generalissimo and Commander of Yoruba army)
The acclaimed winner of the June 12th 1993 Presidential election, Late Chief Masood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola 14th Aare Ona Kakanfo who died on July 10, 1998 was the last holder of the prestigious Yoruba traditional title prior to Adams emergence.
Abiola succeeded Late Samuel Ladoke Akintola, the then Premier of the defunct Western region who was killed on January 15th, 1966 during the first Military coup.
Since the demise of Abiola in 1998, the position of the Aare Ona Kakanfo (Generalissimo), head of Yoruba warriors had been vacant until Sunday October 15th 2017 when Alaafin announced Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo designate.